Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11382707 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To The Honorable The President and Members of the Senate of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1827

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty-two "Sundry Grocers of the City of Charleston" call attention to an 1815 ordinance that bears for them "a character of oppression." The said ordinance states that no licensed shopkeeper, during certain evening hours, may "admit into his or her premises, any Negro or person of Colour, or in any manner sell or retail to the same or any of them, any Liquors whatever; and every person herein offending shall forfeit and pay for each and every offence the sum of Fifty Dollars." They argue that it is obvious, from "a reasonable observation," that "negroes are permitted to Walk the Streets until a particular hour, and dispose of their commodities, so Your memorialists conceive they should be allowed to sell to them until that hour." Citing the "present depressed state of business," the petitioners pray "such relief in the Premises, as to Your Honorable Body shall seem meet."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Sponsor: Thomas Smith Grimke, Senate, St. Philip and St. Michael (1826-1829)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11382707

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #212
  • Page: frames 290-91
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 290-91

Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/18/2008 8:03:00 AM